Initially, steps will have to be taken to remove the tree or the branch from the roof. As soon as this has happened steps will need to be taken to cover any hole that has been made in the roof to keep out the elements. This is likely to be only a temporary protection against further damage from the elements pending a more thorough appraisal of the true extent of the damage to the roof and the repairs that are likely to be required. Once the weather has improved and the diary allows, your roofers will be in a position to provide a clear evaluation of the damage and to provide an accurate report on the roofing work that is required and the amount of the cost.
Although roofing works to a roof that has suffered significant damage from a falling tree can be an expensive proposition, the consolation is that this type of damage will almost certainly be covered by a standard house insurance policy, which will considerably ease the financial burden on the householder.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
Sadly, there is no guarantee that a roof will be able to withstand the full force of our South Devon weather. However, there are certain measures that will reduce the risk. One of these is to contact a firm of Devon roofing contractors to survey your roof before it is affected by bad weather. That way, any parts of the roof that are susceptible to damage through aging, existing breaches etc, can be repaired. Secondly, if there are any trees close to the roof, which are likely to cause damage in the event of a storm, they should be trimmed back, so far as is possible, to reduce the prospect of the tree itself or one of its branches causing potential untold damage.
Although it is always welcome to the roofing industry, stormy weather can be the bane of the life of a property owner. If you follow the two simple suggestions set out above, you will keep your roof as safe as possible – and make sure that your South West roofers are not overworked during 2015!!!